Program Evaluation Analyst
About Bellwether Education Partners
Bellwether Education Partners is a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes for underserved children. We do this by helping education organizations accelerate their impact and by working to improve policy and practice.
Bellwether envisions a world in which race, ethnicity, and income no longer predict opportunities for students, and the American education system affords all individuals the ability to determine their own path and lead a productive and fulfilling life.
Our work focuses on six service areas:
- Policy analysis and research
- Strategy and growth planning
- Organizational effectiveness and efficiency
- Implementation support
- Educational program evaluation
- Academic and program advising
We believe that the only way to ensure all children have access to a high-quality education is to take a holistic approach by changing field-level policies and perceptions while strengthening and supporting individual organizations. Since many of the challenges organizations face are complex, they require multiple perspectives and areas of expertise.
Through our integrated offerings, we provide comprehensive, coherent, and lasting solutions to education’s most long-standing and complicated problems.
Bellwether boasts high employee retention and referrals, and — according to Washingtonian magazine — we're one of Washington D.C.'s 50 Great Places to Work, based on employee satisfaction. We're intentional about building a culture where staff feel challenged, engaged, and recognized for their accomplishments, and we're proud that our team — both in D.C. and around the country — feels confident in the decisions we make and the ways we flexibly approach work.
Bellwether takes our mission of serving educators, students, organizations, and communities seriously. But we try not to take ourselves as individuals quite so seriously. We do challenging work, and we know how to have fun. From jumpsuits and talent shows at retreats, to PowerPoint presentations on werewolves and vampires at team meetings, we embrace our individuality — our quirks, talents, and diversity of viewpoints. We welcome different experiences and perspectives because we know that our team is stronger for having a variety of political, cultural, and educational beliefs represented.
Bellwether strives to make the work rewarding and sustainable so we can find harmony between demanding jobs and full personal lives. We are proud that our team has poets, hockey players, food bloggers, activists, teachers, karate black belts, church leaders, cyclists, and much more. Our flexible work environment allows many of our team members to work where they like, and when they like (within reason, of course). This allows us to operate in ways that feel most productive to us and do more of what we love doing on our own time.
These qualities are clear in the core values that guide our work and reflect what is truly important to us as an organization:
- Mission Mindset: We are dedicated to dramatically improving outcomes for low‐income students. Our nonprofit status allows us to focus on this mission, and it guides the people we hire and the clients and projects we support.
- Tailored Excellence: We work with our clients to develop customized, innovative solutions. We direct our unwavering focus on quality toward successful outcomes for our clients.
- Synergy: We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that our teams make each other better.
- Integrity: We exemplify the highest standards of individual and organizational ethics. We carefully balance client confidentiality with transparency to other clients and the public.
- Diversity and Inclusion: We believe that to achieve our mission, we must be a diverse and inclusive organization broadly reflecting the various communities we serve.
- Flexibility: We believe in the philosophy of “working smarter, not harder.” We trust our co-workers and teams to do excellent work in the manner they see fit.
- No Drama: We have no tolerance for drama or the politics of education affecting our work. We respectfully and proactively deal with frustrations, disagreements, and unexpected hurdles.
Further, we value many forms of diversity and believe race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic issues play an especially acute role in the education sector and consequently our work. By actively seeking and hiring talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and maintaining an environment where divergent ideas and perspectives are freely expressed, we increase our collective ability to deliver thoughtful, relevant solutions and analyses for our clients and the education sector.
About the Position
Over the past two years, we’ve invested deeply in bringing together evaluators, researchers, and analysts to expand our educational program evaluation services.
What do we mean by educational program evaluation? Organizations need good information about their programs to understand what works, for whom, and why. At Bellwether, we help clients answer those questions by deploying a range of methods, integrating both quantitative and qualitative sources of evidence. While the full list of our services is too long to include here, our projects tend to cluster into three categories: program evaluation, survey research, and evaluation capacity-building.
Our analysts tend to work on teams that allow them ample space to learn about education policy, a range of research and evaluation methods, and, over time, develop substantial expertise in education evaluation. While the person hired for this position will support Bellwether’s growing evaluation team, led by Partner Allison Crean Davis, they’ll also have the chance to work across Bellwether’s service areas, including policy analysis and research, and strategic planning.
And let us be clear: this is demanding work, but we think it’s really fun! At Bellwether, evaluation is an art and a science, and we’re looking for someone with an artistic and scientific mind who is invested in bringing their skills to bear to achieve our mission.
In this position, you should expect to:
- Clean and manage quantitative data in Excel, and begin to identify the most relevant trends, insights, and findings to support a team in addressing research or evaluation questions;
- Draft data collection tools (for example, interview guides or surveys) based on a client’s needs, and use those tools to gather data to support research and evaluation projects;
- Draft content for documents, like reports in Word or slide decks in PowerPoint or Google Slides, to share findings with colleagues and clients;
- Support clients as they think about the questions most important to their organizations, and help them develop a process to collect and analyze data to answer those questions;
- Build knowledge of education research, policy, and practice issues and an understanding of the education landscape;
- Over time, learn to perform advanced data analysis techniques independently; and
- Over time, develop the skills and dispositions to consult independently with clients about their needs and contribute to designing research or evaluation studies to address those needs.
In general, we see evaluation as a critical part of our mission to dramatically change outcomes for underserved children. We’re looking for someone with the personal drive, resourcefulness, and technical skills to help us do more of the work we care so much about.
Excited? We are too. You should apply if:
- You can independently use Excel to conduct descriptive statistical analyses (bonus points for experience with SPSS or other statistical software packages), and you have a strong desire to develop advanced quantitative skills;
- You are familiar with research design in the social sciences;
- You have a basic awareness of the technical aspects of research or evaluation and the ability to apply basic quantitative and qualitative methods for analysis;
- You understand the importance of ethical work, stakeholder respect and engagement, and cultural competence;
- You can independently manage relationships with poise, professionalism, and humility;
- You think of yourself as flexible, comfortable with ambiguity, willing to ask questions, and good at working both independently and as part of a team; and
- You have a bachelor’s degree (bonus points for a graduate degree).
Bellwether Education Partners provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package that includes a performance bonus based on individual and firm success, health care coverage, and a 401(k) plan with an employer matching contribution policy.
Flexible. Although we maintain an office in Washington D.C. and shared working space in Los Angeles, CA, our flexible working style allows our professionals to work where they have built their lives, thereby enabling Bellwether to hire the best person for each role, regardless of geography.
How to Apply
To apply, please send a letter of interest and a résumé or curriculum vitae to:
Allison Crean Davis, Partner
If you have questions about the position, reach out via email to the inbox above.
We’ll start reviewing applications as we receive them and will continue until the position is filled.
Bellwether Education Partners is committed to providing equal opportunities. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are not discriminated against on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.
What to Include in Your Application Materials
Make sure to read the Qualifications section above, because it includes our criteria for the position. Use your application (a letter of interest and a current résumé or curriculum vitae) to show us how you’ve got the skills we’ve listed, or why the skills you have are the ones we actually need.
Bellwether is committed to building a team that reflects the varied backgrounds and experiences of the students we seek to serve. Please use your application materials to surface ways in which your background and experiences are aligned with Bellwether’s core values (above), including our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.